Ficarra to Pergusa

We ate breakfast outside on the terrace of Villa Genevra before starting our exploring for today.

Breakfast at Villa Genevra

After breakfast we drove south and a bit west over the top of Sicily. There are excellent main roads around the outside of the island but we chose to drive the back roads through the center of the island.

Back roads of Sicily

We finally saw some cattle for Brian to study and identify. This one has a massive cow bell.

Cow with cow bell

We also saw a lot of wild blackberries. They were very tasty.

Wild blackberries

As we came over the top of the mountains we had some great views of Mt Etna spewing steam.

Mount Etna

Not far from our destination for tonight we just happen upon a Canadian War Cemetery.

Canadian War Cemetery
One of the 490 graves in the cemetery

Tonight we are staying at Villa Pastorelli in Pergusa. Armando and his dog Chromo greeted us. Armando offered us tea, coffee or beer. We opted for beer and sat and talked before he showed us around. Chromo played fetch with us using a pine cone.

Playing cards at Villa Pastorelli

Before dinner we went into the little town of Pergusa and parked near the lake to take a walk. Pergusa Lake is the only natural lake in Sicily. Until we got there we didn’t realize that a motorcycle and car racing track goes around the lake.

Enna-Pergusa Race Track
Pergusa Lake

For dinner we ate at a nearby restaurant, Ristorante Di Carlo. People eat quite late in Italy. By the time we left at about 9 it was very busy, and they don’t close until 3am! We ate outside as we have done for about half our meals in Italy. I’m pretty sure we were the only tourists in the restaurant.

Bruschetta to share
Duke’s seafood mix
My fish
My tiramisu